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Inside Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005, Fourth Edition by Kalen Delaney

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System Objects

SQL Server maintains a set of tables that store information about all the objects, data types, constraints, configuration options, and resources available to SQL Server. This set of tables is sometimes called the system catalog. In SQL Server 2005, these tables are called the system base tables. Some of the system base tables exist only in the master database and contain systemwide information, and others exist in every database (including master) and contain information about the objects and resources belonging to that particular database. In SQL Server 2005, the system base tables are not always visible by default, in master or any other database. You won’t see them when you expand the tables node in the Object Explorer in SQL ...

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